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with lawmakers today about possible spending cuts. he's also getting ready to take his fiscal cliff message on the road. he'll try to convince the american people the best way to avoid the fiscal cliff is to extend the bush era tax cuts for the middle class. >> it's too important for washington to screw this up. >> reporter: president obama is putting pressure on congressional republicans and he's enlisting middle class americans in getting the gop to take action on taxes. >> when the american people speak loudly enough, lo and behold congress listens. >> reporter: tomorrow he'll host a campaign style event where he calls on lawmakers to extend the tax rates on families making less than $250,000 a year. once that's done they can work on other details such as spending cuts and changes to the tax code, medicare and medicaid. >> he's out there campaigning for his position. i get it. we understand it. at the end of the day he has to lead on this issue. >> reporter: some republican lawmakers have said they are willing to compromise on the tax issue. oklahoma representative tom cole said the gop
but frozen. so far - no een >>> tensions over tax hikes and spending cuts have left the "fiscal cliff" talks all but frozen. so far no face-to-face meetings have been scheduled between the democrats and republicans. cbs reporter danielle nottingham with the president's push now to sell his plan to american businesses. >> reporter: president obama asked business leaders this morning to support his plan to prevent a fiscal crisis. >> let's allow higher rights to go up for the top 2%, that includes all of you, yes, but not in any way that's going to affect your spending, your lifestyles. >> reporter: if no deal is reached between democrats and republicans before the end of the year, taxes will go up for everyone and automatic spending cuts will kick in. the president wants bush-era tax breaks to expire for households making $250,000 or more. republicans are adamantly opposed to that. >> closing loopholes, especially on those who are wealthy, is a better way to raise this revenue than raising rates. >> reporter: republicans are also pressing their case with the public. house gop leaders invited
before that so- called fiscal cliff. that's the package of tax increases for most americans and budget cuts that will hit automatically unless the white house and congress find a gentler way to solve the crisis in the federal budget. here's how treasury secretary tim geithner put it on cnbc. >> is the administration prepared to go over the fiscal cliff? >> absolutely. again there is no prospect to an agreement that doesn't involve those rates going up on the top 2% of the wealthiest americans. remember, it's only 2%. >> pelley: by top 2%, he means individuals making more than $200,000 and couples taking in $250,000 or more. republicans say rates shouldn't be increased on anyone. with no agreement, going over the fiscal cliff would be painful. the automatic tax increases break down like this: households making $20,000 to $40,000 would see an increase in $1,200 a year. incomes of $40,000 to $64,000 would see taxes rise $2,000 and in the $64,000 to $108,000 bracket taxes go up $3,500 a year. mr. obama and the republican speaker of the house talked this over today and here's major garrett
-called fiscal cliff, but so far there's been more rhetoric than resolve. there's now less than a month to head off the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts that will kick in next year. john boehner said he can't believe the latest white house proposal. the obama administration insists there's no deal without a tax increase. susan mcginnis is in washington with details this morning. susan, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, terrell. it may appear the two sides are nowhere but these talks are expected to pick up dramatically very soon. december is here and as they say here in washington the lawmakers can smell the jet fumes meaning the planes taking them home for their holiday recess. what we're hearing there should be a deal by christmas. the white house is already decorated for the holidays but the mood here in washington is anything but festive. >> i think we're going over the cliff. >> reporter: if congress doesn't act america will ring in the new year with $110 billion in spending cuts and a $500 billion tax increase leaving the average household with a nearly $3,500 hangover.
news continues. fiscal cliff of tax increases and sharp spending cuts is now exactly one month away. in his weekly media address today, president obama again pushed his party's tax plan. of course, utah senator orrin hatch rejected in the republican response. >> both parties say we should keep middle class taxes low. the senate's already passed a bill to keep income taxes from going up on middle class families. democrats in the house are ready to do the same thing. if we can just get a few house republicans on board, i'll sign this bill as soon as congress send it my way. >> what he proposed this week was a classic bait and switch on the american people. a tax increase double the size of what he campaigned on. billions of dollars in new stimulus spending, and an unlimited, unchecked authority tow borrow from the chinese. maybe i missed it, but i don't recall him scwg for any of that during the presidential campaign. >> jarvis: parents and school boards across the country are debating whether to offer bonuses to teachers whose student do well on standardized tests. sharyl attkisson c
the called fiscal cliff of mandatory tax increases and spending cuts is to you just 30 days away. but judging by today's talk in washington democrats and republicans are hardly any closer to finding a solution. here's anna werner. >> reporter: a week closer to the december 31st deadline, treasury secretary timothy geithner told bob schieffer any potential deal will have to include a tax hike on the upper 2% of income earners. >> there is no way to raise a meaningful amount of revenue relative to the size of our fiscal challenge by just limiting the value of deductions for the wealthiest americans. >> reporter: he said the biggest obstacle is republicans who refuse to acknowledge that fact. >> there's nothing that stands in the way of that agreement. except for the potential risk that a group of republicans decide, they hold up an agreement because they want to extend tax cuts for the wealthiest that we can't afford. >> reporter: on fox news 2 sunday speaker john boehner was not optimistic. >> i would say we're nowhere. period. we're nowhere. >> reporter: earlier this week house gop members re
some hopes that formal talks will resume on how to avoid the new year's day "fiscal cliff." across-the-board spending cuts and tax increases as we all know will kick in if a budget agreement isn't reached by the end of the month. the president also met with ceos of some of the nation's largest companies hoping to convince them of the need for higher tax rates at upper income levels. >> we're not insisting on rates just out of spite or out of any kind of partisan bickering but, rather, because we need to raise a certain amount of money. >> house majority leader eric cantor says more needs to be done about spending right now. >>> meanwhile, public policy polling conducted an unusual survey to test american knowledge about debt reduction policy. people were asked what they thought of the panetta burns planning, something that doesn't even exist. one-fourth of the people took a stance on it anyway. 8% are in support by golly. 17% opposed. >> that's right. it's important to do research. >> absolutely. >> do your homework. >>> apple stock is coming off one of its worst sections on wall
with congress on spending cut and other fiscal cliff details. the first meeting will be tomorrow on the hill. >> pelley: major, president said today he thought all this could be done by christmas. why does he think so? >> reporter: because that is the big takeaway, scott, from the president's conversation on saturday with house speaker john boehner. the two agreed it was in foeryone's best interest to get a fiscal cliff deal sooner rather than later, both agreed to aim for one before christmas, but they also acknowledged, scott, it will be very difficult to achieve that. >> pelley: thank you, major. will the president's team find a receptive republican congress? nancy cordes is on capitol hill for us tonight. nancy. >> reporter: well, scott, one top republican aide actually told me today that he sees these talks as one-sided, that republicans have been making all the proposals, and speaker boehner said he's still waiting for a balanced offer from the white house. >> republicans are willing to att revenue on the table but it's time for the president and democrats to get serious about the spen
-called fiscal cliff. our political insider on why things are looking up for the president. >> it appears as if he is playing the hand where the cards are being revealed. it's almost like three card molly. boehner has got a problem with reference to the white house proposal. too many of his people are suddenly finding something attractive about it. >> plus, we are going to track all of the rain, wind and damage from the next big storm thaissments on eyewitness news this morning tomorrow on cbs 5. we will have a lot of crews in the field seeing what's going on and here is a look at the top stories. flood watches continue today around the bay area as another storm moves in. tonight we are expected to be hit hard by heavy rain and winds once again. it's the third and final storm of this series. the storms have been wreaking havoc on the roadways in santa cruz county. in particular several trees and wires were down in mountain towns. officials are keeping a close eye on the rising san lorenso river near bolder creek and the winter storms could be a challenge for businesses that are trying to
cliff proposals ignore persistent republican demands for deeper spending cuts than the president has already proposed. that's the point. no matter how close the country comes to plunging off the fiscal cliff, topped a visors say the president will not budge until republicans acknowledge they will keep tax rates where they are for middle income families and raise them on households earning more than $250,000 a year. >> in washington nothing's easy so there's going to be prolonged negotiations. and all of us are going to have so get out of our comfort zones to make that happen. g'm willing to do that. i'm hopeful that enough members of con willing to do that as well. we can solve these problems. but where the clock is really ticking right now is on middle- class taxes. >> reporter: but the clock isng. the cold political reality is this: mr. obama is now on record seeking twice as much in higher tax revenue than the democratically controlled senate passed earlier this year with only 51 votes. tax increases that cannot pass ase senate have no chance in the house republican conference, wh
a gop counter offer in the latest round of "fiscal cliff" negotiations. the republican proposal includes cutting $900 billion from medicare and reforming social security. it would also raise $800 billion in tax reforms. but the white house says the offer still favors cutting taxes for the wealthy. >> us this far, republican leaders have been adamant that they don't believe rates ought to go up on the top 2% of wealthiest americans. the american people overwhelmingly disagree. >> if the president and republicans can't come to a compromise, everyone's taxes will go up january 1. government spending will be slashed. >>> the dow lost 60. the nasdaq was down 8, s&p down 7. >>> the storms that blew through the bay area brought down many trees and that's meant a hard lesson for homeowners who were cleaning up today. cbs 5 consumerwatch reporter julie watts explains your insurance doesn't always cover fallen trees. julie. >> reporter: something many are likely learning following this weekend's storm. we received photos from across the bay area of downed trees on homes and cars, and they provide
's what they hear after the obama administration is ready to go over the fiscal cliff if the gop doesn't bid on higher taxes. on top earners. a just released poll shows nearly half of those ads say it's time to end tax cuts for the wealthy but keep it in place for americans earning $250,000 or less. 32% say the tax cuts should remain in place for everyone. during a broadcast interview yesterday timothy geithner was asked what if republican don't agree to raising taxes. >> is the administration prepared to go over the fiscal cliff? >> oh, absolutely. again, we say there's no prospect for an agreement that doesn't involve those tax rates going up. remember, it's 2%. remember, all of those americans, too, get a tax cut into that framework on the first $250,000 of their income. >> that said the president and speaker john boehner discussed the budget by phone yesterday. susan mcginnis is in washington with the latest on this game of fiscal chicken. susan, good morning to you. >> right. good morning, terrell. yeah, that phone call does raise the possibility that some serious talks could star
in the "fiscal cliff" discussion unemployment a new congressional budget office report showing americans have collected more than half a trillion dollars in federal jobless benefits in the last five years. >>> a battle over an oyster farm has ended. the u.s. interior secretary ken salazar is not renewing drake's bay's oyster company's lease which expires at the end of the month. he visited the farm along point reyes national seashore last week saying it should be returned to the wilderness for future generations to enjoy. company supporters including senator dianne feinstein argue to save the farm because it's a key part of the rural economy in that area. >>> still ahead, bankrupt but still able to give out bonuses? the latest controversy haunting hostess. >> with the biggest payout in powerball history about to take place allowing it be before californians can cash in too? >> a cold war plot that's hard to believe. did the u.s. really want to blow up the moon? we'll find out. ,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,, now the multi- million dollr >>> now for tonight's winning powerball number and north over half a b
of these lawmakers, the countdown to the fiscal cliff. a series of tax increases and spending cuts due to kick in at the end the year. >> god bless us, everyone. >> reporter: speaker boehner offered the republican proposal this week and now he faces opposition from president obama. >> the speaker's proposal is out of balance. >> reporter: some in his own party are lining up against him. jim demint a tea party leader said speaker boehner's $800 billion tax hike will destroy american jobs and allow politicians in washington to spend even more. disagreements among republicans and democrats here on capitol hill is nothing new, but tuesday a republican aide told us the two sides aren't even talking. not surprisingly the white house disagrees. >> i can guarantee you conversations continue at different levels. and among different groups. >> reporter: both parties are ready to play the blame game in case negotiations fail. >> there's only one person out of 370 million americans who can sign something into law and that's the president. >> 60% of americans are asking the wealthy to pay more. >> reporter
and they will play for us this morning. we begin this morning with the so-called fiscal cliff one from today unless washington gets its act together 90% of americans will see their taxes rise as a series of tax increase and spending cuts take effect. yet negotiations between the white house and congressional republicans are at a standstill. anna werner is in our washington bureau. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. unless congress comes to an agreement on the fiscal cliff it would mean a tax hike plus some $65 billion would be cut from the pentagon and other government agencies. both sides are hoping for a compromise. but so far all there's been is debate. >> i've been keeping my own naughty and nice list for washington. >> reporter: president obama took his fight to the public while visiting a toy company in pennsylvania where he warned republicans not to play scrooge. >> it's not acceptable to me and i don't think it's acceptable for you for a handful of republicans to hold middle class tax cuts held hostage. >> reporter: the white house proposal includes $4 trill
this go around. reduction offer right off te fiscal cliff. >>> the white house has booted the gop's new deficit reduction off the fiscal cliff. the 10-year plan promises to shave $2.2 trillion through a combination of entitlement cuts and tax reform measures. but house republicans still refuse to meet president obama's bottom line. letting the bush tax cuts expire for the wealthy. in the statement, the white house said that the plan fails the balance test and sticks the middle class with the bill. >>> the gay marriage in california is still on hold tonight. the u.s. supreme court could have announced today whether they would review prop 8. instead the justices announced that they will wait until friday to discuss whether to take up the case. legal experts say the delay ruling means nothing. >> it's like we have so many cases on the docket. let's put this one off next week, no big deal. that's really what happened. it really isn't the dog that didn't bark, but it's the case that has not been resolved yet and we're still waiting. >> professor little says he expects if the court grants a r
the fiscal cliff will cause holiday shopping to plummet. >> let's give a christmas present to the american people. >> reporter: but the mood here on capitol hill is anything but festive. both sides say the tax hikes and spending cuts due to kick in at year end are unacceptable, they just don't believe each other. >> members of his own party seem quite comfortable of sending the economy over the fiscal cliff. >> reporter: the president sent timothy geithner to the hill with had $4 trillion plan. it includes 1.6 trillion in new taxes on upper income americans. 400 billion in cuts to medicare and other entitlement programs. and $50 billion in new spending on infrastructure and unemployment benefits. the biggest stumbling block remain. the new taxes on the wealthiest americans. while some republicans here in congress are hinting they might be open to the idea the majority seemed opposed. >> raising rates on the so-called rich is the holy grail of liberalism. their aim isn't job creation, they are interested in wealth distribution. >> reporter: the white house insists the president won't sign a
-called "fiscal cliff." if a budget plan is not approved by year's end, automatic tax hikes and across- the-board spending cuts will take effect. but democrats and republicans seem to keep digging in their heels speaking on the sunday news talk shows. >> the president and the white house have had three weeks and this is the best we've got? >> what we can't do is try to figure out what works for them. they have to tell us. >> if congress doesn't act, america will ring in the new year with $110 billion in spending cuts and a $500 billion tax increase. >> "fiscal cliff," are you tired of it? >> i know. we are tired of it. >>> 6:10 now. a trip goes terribly wrong. how a california magician ended up in the hospital. >> the coast guard loses one of its own. how a smuggling investigation off the coast of santa barbara turned deadly. >> and we have a major recall to tell you about. the fire hazard involving two popular ford cars. we'll tell you about that and more when we come back. ,, ,,,,,,,,,, look at you guys with your fancy-schmancy u-verse high speed internet. you know, in my day you couldn'
his chief negotiator tim geithner to capitol hill to work on a "fiscal cliff" deal. house speaker john boehner came out of his meeting with the treasury secretary demanding the white house get serious about spending cuts. >> no substantive progress has been made in the talks between the white house and the house over the last two weeks. >> reporter: if a compromise isn't reached soon, automatic tax hikes and steep budget cuts will kick in january 1. geithner moved from one end of the capitol to the other encouraging lawmakers to sign off on an extension of middle class tax cuts now. democrats say their position is clear and they want a serious offer from republicans. >> the american people want us to avoid the "fiscal cliff" with a balanced approach. >> reporter: geithner is here in the halls of congress trying to clear some big hurdles with republicans. once a deal is closer president obama will take over the talks. so far independent senator joe lieberman is not encouraged. >> if we go over the cliff it's going to send the country back into recession. >> reporter: vice president joe
of governors met with the president and congress to make a deal on the "fiscal cliff." they could lose funding if there's not a plan to stop automatic cuts. the dow was down 14 closing below 13,000. the nasdaq was down 5.5 points. the s&p 500 lost 2. >>> it's pay back time for a bay area politician accused of using his procurement card like a personal slush fund. santa clara county board president george shirakawa has been ordered to immediately repay nearly $13,000 in charges. that's after a scathing internal audit found he had been billing taxpayers for things like golf fees and rental car upgrades. shirakawa says he will return most of the money but is challenging some of the charges. >>> on the bay area watch san jose police are looking for the owners of 300 marijuana plants found this morning. it started as a robbery call on the east side of town. but when the officers got to this house, they found an elaborate grow operation but nobody living there. the estimated street value of the pot is about $125,000. >>> a house fire in petaluma lit up the night when firefighters arrived smoke and f
. >>> with the government's fiscal cliff looming social security employees protest budget cuts in baltimore city yesterday. they're urging lawmakers to come to an agreement that does not include cuts in social security jobs and services. >>> and stay with wjz 13, maryland's news station. up next a pair of new problems for boeing 787 jet liner. plus tandem base jumpin >>> welcome back to cbs "this morning." boeing's new 787 dream liner is often called the airplane of the future. at mark strassmann reports, the ride continues to be a little bumpy. >> reporter: when the united airlines became the first carrier to add the boeing 787 to its fleet last month it looked like clear skies ahead for the next generation aircraft. this week a pair of setbacks as one plane was forced to make an emergency landing in new orleans and the federal aviation administration issued an order all 787s be inspected for fuel leaks. >> every 787 mp manufactured will have problems in its initial production. >> reporter: united says the emergency landing in new orleans tuesday was caused by the failure of one of si
tells us, there's still a disagreement over how to avert the "fiscal cliff." >> reporter: three republican and three democratic governors gate the president their take on how to avoid the "fiscal cliff" this morning at the white house. >> we're not sort of saying it should be that plan or that plan. i think what we all agree on is something has to get done. >> as governors we think it's important that we're part of the discussions both in terms of the impact it has on our finances and our economies. >> reporter: state government cost lose much-needed federal aid if democrats and republicans don't reach a deal to stop automatic spending cuts before the end of the year. the other issue is taxes. congressional republicans want bush-era tax cuts extended for all americans. president obama says those tax cuts must expire for households making $250,000 or more. >> it's a position that is supported by a majority of the american people. and, you know, we need to see from republicans an acknowledgement of that. >> reporter: the gop proposal that the white house quickly rejected closes t
are headed here to washington today to tell president obama their thoughts on the fiscal cliff. the bipartisan group says both sides need to work together to avoid the tax increases and spending cuts due to kick in at the end of the year. >> no one's going to get what they want, but as a country to move forward, we've got to figure out who gives where, and if everything is going to be out on the table, how do we negotiate that? >> reporter: republicans have given a counterproposal to the president's plan which he issued last week. they say their plan would cut $2.2 trillion from the federal deficit over ten years. with $600 billion in health care cuts, $300 billion in cuts to mandatory spending and another $300 billion in cuts to other federal spending. the biggest difference between the republican plan and the president's remains taxes and how the government can generate more revenue to pay down the debt. >> rates have to rise on the top 2%. there's no other way to do it. >> reporter: president obama says his plan will raise taxes on the rich, bringing in $1.6 trillion. republ
obama their thoughts on the "fiscal cliff." the bipartisan group says both sides need to work together to avoid the tax increases and spending cuts due to kick in at the end of the year. >> no one is going to get what they want. but we have to compromise. if everything is going to be on the table, how do we negotiate? >> reporter: republicans have given a counterproposal to the president's plan which he issued last week. they say their plan would cut $2 .2 trillion from the federal deficit over 10 years. but $600 billion in healthcare cuts, $300 billion in cuts to mandatory spending, and another $300 billion in cuts to other federal spending. the biggest difference between the republican plan and the president's remains taxes and how the government can generate more revenue to pay down the debt. >> rates have to rise on the top 2%. there's no other way to do it. >> reporter: president obama says his plan will raise taxes on the rich bringing in 1.6 trillion. republicans want to close tax loopholes and eliminate deductions to raise $800 billion in new revenue. >> the president has a hug
the so- called fiscal cliff. >> you've got to nail this down. uncertainty is killing us. >> reporter: top economists came to capitol hill thursday to talk about the impact of tax increases and government spending cuts on the middle class. president obama and house speaker john baner -- john boehner spoke wednesday but publicly are holding firm on their positions. it's made clear the country could go over the cliff if congress fails to come to a agreement. the standoff and the country's skyrocketing debt concerned ryan ryan, so much so that he's the guy in the suit dancing gangnam style with former senator alan simpson. the can kicks back is working to get young people back to fixing the debt crisis. >> we're using humor to hook them in and get them to learn about this issue and understand how it affects their lives. >> reporter: the grass roots campaign wants to sign up more than two million people to put pressure on both sides. danielle nottingham, cbs news, washington. >>> 9news now is talking to our local congressional members about the fiscal cliff. and tonight at 7:00 p.m., maryland
we fall off the fiscal cliff. but lawmakers don't seem any closer to pulling us back from the ledge. the president's plan includes $1.6 trillion in new tax revenue in exchange for $400 billion in entitlement cuts. but it doesn't say where the savings will come from. republicans called it an insult. >> despite that claims that the president supports a balanced approach, the democrats have yet to get serious about real spending cuts. >> we are waiting for some specifics, some where, from our republican colleagues to show that they're serious on negotiations. >> if a compromise is not reached by year's end, automatic tax hikes and steep budget cuts will kick in. >>> the president and mitt romney met face-to-face today for the first time since their contentious campaigning. aides say they discussed american leadership in the world and pledged to stay in touch. >>> the supreme court could take up california's same-sex marriage debate as far as tomorrow. we'll know as soon as the court posts a list of cases it plans to review. if the prop 8 case is on the list, it means it would be argued
on the basic approach to solve the fiscal cliff. in a letter to the president, house republicans called their offer a fair middle ground. it's a ten-year framework that cuts the deficit by $2.2 trillion. it includes $600 billion in health care cuts-- mostly medicare and medicaid-- $300 billion in other mandatory spending and $300 billion in cuts to all other federal spending. by contrast, the president has proposed around $600 billion in cuts to all entitlements, including medicare and he'd reduce other federal spending by $100 billion a year. the president has also proposed spending $50 billion in new stimulus and republicans have refused to consider it. the biggest difference by far is in how to raise new revenues. republicans would raise $800 billion by reducing tax loopholes, not with a tax rate increase. the president would double new revenues to $1.6 trillion, with most of that coming from higher taxes on households making more than $250,000. the president and his negotiators have told republicans there won't be a fiscal cliff deal without that tax increase. the white house today
is heading to pennsylvania this morning hoping to generate support for its plan to avoid the dreaded "fiscal cliff." on capitol hill, treasury secretary timothy geithner pitched the president's plan to house and senate leaders yesterday including $1.6 trillion in new revenue and cuts to entitlement programs. the plan didn't bring republicans and democrats closer to agreement. >> the democrats have yet to get serious about real spending cuts. >> we're waiting for some specifics somewhere from our republican colleagues to show that they are serious on negotiations. >> if a compromise is not reached by year's end, automatic tax hikes and across- the-board budget cuts would take effect. >>> little is being said about the meeting between president obama and mitt romney. the two had lunch at the white house yesterday their first face-to-face encounter since their final presidential debate. the media were kept away from the private get-together. white house officials say the two discussed u.s. leadership in the world and promised to stay in contact. >>> united states supreme court is due veal today
hill today in an effort to avoid that dreaded "fiscal cliff." tim geithner and rob neighbors plan to visit separately today with the four house and senate leaders to find common ground on averting a series of tax increases and spending cuts scheduled to start in january. >>> president obama will have lunch in a couple of hours with mitt romney. it will be the first time the two have met face to face since their final debate shortly before this month's election. the event at the white house will be private. no aides will be present. no media will be allowed. it would be fun to be there. >> no kidding and that "fiscal cliff" i'm sure is going to come up. >>> a new york city nanny pleads not guilty to charges that she killed two children. yoselyn ortega is accused of stabbing a 6-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy who were in her care. she also stabbed herself and is still in the hospital. police say the mother returned home last month and found her children dead. >>> two bp rig supervisors and a former bp executive pled not guilty to criminal charges in the deadly deepwater horizon
29 days left for lawmakers to get together and some way find a way of avoiding the "fiscal cliff." >> if a budget plan is in the approved by year's end, automatic tax hikes and across- the-board spending cuts will take effect. treasury secretary timothy geithner says republicans should say how much they are willing to raise taxes on the wealthy. house speaker john boehner has dismissed president obama's plan as not serious. >>> stock futures indicate there will be modest gains when the stock market opens up this morning. >> yeah. this follows a week when all the key averages posted gains. ashley morrison of cbsmoneywatch.com has the latest on monday in new york. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, frank and michelle. well, asian markets were mostly high they are morning on improved manufacturing data from china. tokyo's nikkei edged up a fraction to a seven month closing high while hong kong's hang seng lost a percent. >>> on wall street there was little movement as investors were cautious with all eyes on the "fiscal cliff." the dow rose 3, nasdaq down 2. >>> so far there's
:19. >>> lawmakers on capitol hill have less than four weeks to avoid the dreaded "fiscal cliff." if democrats and republicans don't reach a budget agreement by year's end, across-the-board tax hikes and budget cuts will automatically kick in. house speaker john boehner offered a republican proposal this week. but the president and democrats dismissed it because it includes no tax increase for the wealthiest americans. >> 60% of americans support asking millionaires to pay slightly more. >> there's only one person out of 307 million americans who can sign something into law, the president. >> boehner will meet with small business owners and the president speaks at a conference of corporate ceos. >>> citigroup is cutting 11,000 jobs. the bank says it's looking to cut expenses and improve efficiency resulting in $1 billion in charges. it's part of the restructuring. the company also said it plans to close branches. >> wow. >>> it is 6:21 now. we have a new multi-million dollar man. which giant signed a three-year deal with the team? >> plus, skills on and o
of this "fiscal cliff" drama, they spoke yesterday raising hopes that formal talks will resume on how to to avoid across-the-board spending cuts and tax increases. we have been saying this for weeks. they will kick in if a budget agreement is not reached by year's end. >>> a number of state lawmakers had their cars fixed and you paid for it. lawmakers lost the perk of a free car about a year ago at least 37 of them deciding to buy the cars. that was an option. they have been using them when the state sold them. first they had all the cars repaired and maintained at state expense. $78,000 worth of work. >> as a taxpayer, you know, it's my money going to it so it's frustrating. >> doesn't sound fair. we work really hard for our money. >> we do. but a source in the legislature says the work was worth it. the state got more money when it sold the cars that were not bought by the lawmakers but had the repairs done. they got more money for those cars. so i guess it evens out. >>> same-sex marriage is now legal in the state of washington. dozens of gay and lesbians got in line to pick up marriage licens
. >>> president obama dispatched his chief negotiator to capitol hill to work on a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff." today treasury secretary tim geithner met with house and senate leaders. republicans came out of that meeting saying that the white house needs to get serious about spending cuts. >> it's time for the president, congressional democrats to tell the american people what spending cuts they are really willing to make. >> let's give a christmas present to the american people. and all we're saying is, we're willing to make the cuts. >> coming needs to reach an agreement in the next few weeks in order to avoid a series of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts in january. >>> oh, to be a fly on the wall on this one. president obama and mitt romney met privately at the white house today to chew over the nation's economic issues. it was the first time they have been together face to face since their contentious campaigns. cbs reporter tara mergener on the political power lunch. >> reporter: mitt romney got out of an suv and walked into the white house alone. the former republican nominee then
will host a group of governors today to talk about the upcoming "fiscal cliff." this is after they rejected a count proposal from congressional republicans. that plan promises to trim $2.2 trillion over 10 years and includes $900 billion in entitlement cuts, two-thirds of that from healthcare. it also offers $800 billion in new tax revenues but only if the money comes from tax reform and not from raising rates on the wealthy. and that's where the stalemate is stuck. >>> rates have to rise and republicans need to acknowledge that. that's the only way to get from here to there. >> the white house says the plans fails the balance test. tax hikes and spending cuts will automatically kick in on 1/1. >>> in your world, fighting has escalated in damascus. this comes after president obama issued a warning to president assad and his government not to use any chemical weapons. secretary of state hillary clinton says if assad goes down that road, there will be consequences. >> suffice to say we are certainly planning to take action if that eventuality were to occur. >> this week nato foreign minister
answered "fiscal cliff" questions on twitter monday. one twitter follower asked, why won't keeping tax rates low across the board encourage more hires and tax revenue? the president replied high-end tax cuts would cost almost $1 trillion while extending middle class cuts will produce growth. if there is no compromise all tax go up and spending will be slashed including cuts to the defense budget. defense contractors gathered in washington monday to discuss the consequences. david language staff is ceo of task a company that develops aviation systems and software for intelligence agencies. >> but i think it's very bad for national security because companies cannot plan. >> republicans sent the president a counterproposal monday afternoon. it includes more than $2 trillion in budget savings and extends tax cuts for all americans. >> us this far republicans have been adamant that rates shouldn't go up on the top 2% wealthiest americans. well, the american people overwhelmingly disagree. >> in addition to using social media the president has been use meetings. tuesday he welcomes governors
. the nasdaq finished 20 points higher. >>> and president obama presented his plan to avoid the "fiscal cliff" to members of congress. the $4trillion plan includes $1.6 trillion in new taxes on upper income americans. $400billion in cuts to medicare and other entitlement programs. $50billion in stimulus spending and the end of congressional control over the debt ceiling. both sides remain at a standoff over the issue of raising taxes on higher income earners. but the president said he will not sign any bill that does not include higher taxes for top earners. the white house is calling this proposal an opening bid but house speaker john boehner says no real progress is being made to reach a deal. could be an interesting day for us on wall street. >> i guess. they have a month to figure that out. in the meantime though there's a secret santa. i guess santa decide to do a little early work in the tri- state area, right? >> reporter: that's right. a so-called secret santa is giving away $100,000 in $100 bills to victims of superstorm sandy. a missouri man declined to reveal his name but he is car
of governors today to talk about the "fiscal cliff" after he rejected a counterproposal from congressional republicans. that plan promised to trim $2.2 trillion over the next 10 years and cuts from entitlements and billions in new tax revenues only from tax reform. and not in raising rates on the wealthy. and that's the sticking point. >> rates have to rise and the republicans need to acknowledge that, that that's the only way to get from here to there. >> in a statement, the white house says the plan fails the balance test. if the two side can't reach a deal by 12/31, hikes and cuts will kick in. >>> frustrated with facebook privacy settings? how you can make your voice heard this week. >> have you gotten your flu shot? why this season may be the worst in nearly a decade. >> a royal baby on the way. why the kind of morning sickness kate has is fueling speculation about twins. ,,,,,,,,,,,, secondhand smoke affects everyone's health. it's not just irritating. it can cause heart disease and even death. speak up about secondhand smoke. your health and the health of your family depend on it. d
are planned or capitol hill today in an effort to avoid that dreaded "fiscal cliff." the treasury secretary tim geithner and another man will visit separately with house and senate leaders to find common ground on how to avert a series of tax increases and spending cuts beginning in january. >>> president obama will have lunch in just a few hours with mitt romney. it will be the first time they have met face to face since the final debate shortly before this month's election. the event will be held at the white house. it is private, no aides present, no media, just the president and the former gop nominee. they will hash it out. >> should be interesting. >> maybe he will bring mitt into the fold. who knows. >> we'll see. >>> just from the labor department the number of americans filing first time unemployment claims fell last week. the decline comes as impact of superstorm sandy eases a bit. this morning, stock futures are moving higher on encouraging news from washington on the "fiscal cliff" issue. ashley morrison of cbsmoneywatch.com joins us. good morning, ashley. >> reporter: good morn
the looming fiscal cliff. there are fresh signs that republicans may be in disagreement over the best way to avoid tax increases and spending cuts. oklahoma congressman tom cole says instead of risking a tax increase on everybody it would be better to let tax increases for the top 2% of earners go up. >> if congress does nothing, every family in america will see their taxes automatically go up at the beginning of next year. >> there has been no serious discussion by the white house on entitlements, medicare and medicaid. >> the president says he is still confident that a deal can be reached before christmas. and of course, the cliff is december 31st. >> exactly. i mean pressure is on here. the closer we get to the holidays, you know, the harder this thing becomes. i think one of the houses of congress goes on break december 14th. so i think the house. if you really look at the calendar here. deadline is tight and the president is trying to drum up public support here. now he is encouraging in the age of social media, twitter, folks get on twitter, use hash tag #my2k, the average family wo
have less than four weeks to avoid the dreaded "fiscal cliff" we have all heard about. if democrats and republicans don't reach a budget agreement by year's end, across-the-board tax hikes and budget cuts will kick in automatically. house speaker john boehnered off a republican proposal this week but president obama and other democrats have dismissed it because it includes no tax increase for the wealthiest of americans. >> 60% of americans pay slightly more. >> there's only one person out of 307 million americans who can sign something in law, the president. >> boehner is set to meet with small business owners while the president speaks at a conference of corporate ceos. >>> bob dole made an appearance on capitol hill yesterday in a wheelchair frail but still flexing his political might. he could not convince enough republicans to support a disabled rights treaty. the united nations treaty would ban discrimination against people with disabilities. it fell five votes short of getting the needed two-thirds approval in the senate. >>> the world's oldest woman has died at the age of 11
is likely to be impacted by sandy and also from "fiscal cliff" worries. as far as the "fiscal cliff" goes, politico is reporting this morning that there is a framework for a deal in place that would include $1.2 trillion in tax increases and $400 billion in entitlement cuts on medicare. wall street watching that closely. let's look at the numbers. the dow is up by 45 points after gaining more than 100 yesterday. it's back over 13,000. nasdaq higher by 19. s&p right now is up by 6 points. back to you. >> thank you, jason brooks with kcbs and cbsmoneywatch.com. >>> well, starbucks is rolled out its most expensive coffee ever and it's a doozy. the new brew made from very rare costa rica beans called finca palmilera just rolls off the tongue, retails for $7 a cup! that's for a grande. for $6 you can get the tall. right now the big ticket brew is only available at a few dozen stores in the pacific northwest. starbucks plans to take it nationwide by the end of the year. it better be the only one you need all week. seven bucks! >>> lindsay lohan mobbed again by the paparazzi and for all the wron
the "fiscal cliff," a uc spokesman says we could lose $335 million in research funds. other consequences for californians, 143,000 unemployed could lose assistance in trying to find a job. nearly 300,000 disadvantaged students would get fewer benefits at school. 8,000 patients wouldn't get hiv testing and 2,000 women could miss out on breast and cervical cancer screening. and with income taxes expected to rise at the same time, the economy is expected to tank. >> there is no question about it. going over the "fiscal cliff" to most economists is really stupid. if it happens, we would go into a recession. >> reporter: and with no deal reached, who is to blame for all the this washington gridlock? just ask the american people. according to a new pugh research poll, 53% blame the republicans. 27% blame the president. we'll be watching. >> that's interesting, all those dollars that you just added up for california, multiply that by the other 49 states. >> reporter: it's a really scary thought. they have to solve this. >> grace lee, thank you. >>> a new study could change the current standard
secretary said the white house is, in fact, ready to go straight over the fiscal cliff. >> if you're really going to be serious about deficit reduction, it can't just be about taxes. it has to be about spending cuts, too. >>> prince william's wife catherine is out of the hospital after treatment for acute morning sickness. >> reporter: we were told from the beginning that this hospital stay would last 18 days and that's exactly what it turned out to be. >>> software developer john mcafee is no longer a fugitive, arrested in guatemala a month after his neighbor in belize was murdered. >>> the creators of cell phone technology pinpointed mcafee's location. police didn't know where he was. >> reporter: now that marijuana is legal here in washington, the state is going to start collecting taxes on it. >> "gangnam style." >> there is no one in political life funnier than alan simpson. >> mayor michael bloomberg announced that new york will hold a contest to redesign the city's pay phones. yeah. the top prize, a brand-new walkman. >> announcer: the "eye opener" a
over the fiscal cliff. if you're really going to be serious about deficit reduction, it can't just be about taxes. it has to be about spending cuts, too. >> prince william and wife catherine is out of the hospital after being admitted for acute morning sickness. >> told the hospital stay would last at few days and that's exactly what it turned out to be. >>> software executive john mcafee no longer a fugitive. arre arrested after his neighbor was murdered. >> police didn't know where he was. >> now that marijuana is legal here in washington, the state will going to start cleshgting taxes on it. >> gangnam style. >> there is no one in political life funnier than alan simpson. >> mayor michael bloomberg announced new york will hold a contest to redesign the city's pay phones. now, a brand new -- >> "eye-opener" at 8:00 is brought to you by the aarp. >>> i'm charlie rose with gayle king and norah o'donnell. this morning, prince william's wife catherine is back home in london after three days in the hospital. >> the pregnant duchess of cambridge was being treated for an acute form of m
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